SF Pride wraps up with few problems

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SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) -- San Francisco police report few problems at this year's Pride festivities. 

The celebration honoring the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities comes two weeks after the massacre of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando.

People who attended Sunday's parade say they did notice a bigger police presence compared to years past. 

There was heavy security surrounding the parade route and Civic Center party. 

The SFPD increased its usual number of officers by 25 percent for Gay Pride weekend, and at Civic Center Plaza.

For the first time in the event’s history, people had to pass through metal detectors and have their bags searched. 

Police released preliminary statistics from pride weekend: 

Medical calls reported: 5

Public Intoxication: 11

Misdemeanor arrests: 5 including 3 misdemeanor arrest warrants and 2 assaults 

Felony arrests: 3 including 2 felony warrant arrests and 1 case of criminal threats

Sobering Center patients: 12 

At Dolores park Saturday afternoon, thousands of people gathered under the watchful eye of police. 

On Saturday evening, thousands marched in the “Dyke March” from Dolores park to the Castro neighborhood, and dozens of officers also walked along the parade route.

“I feel like they’re taking care of us, making sure the parade route is safe,” said Bonny White of Marin County.

But those sentiments were not shared by everyone. 

In fact, three organizations, including Black Lives Matter, have pulled out of Sunday’s parade as Grand Marshals, in protest of the heavy police presence.

Kate Kendell, the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said the disagreement was an opportunity to start a conversation.

“There are people who live with privilege who see an increased police presence and feel more secure and then there are many LGBT people of color who do not feel more safe," Kendell said. "that dialogue is really important for us to have because if we’re going to create a nation where every queer person feels safe, we have to address racism, we have to address police violence.”

At Dolores park Saturday afternoon, thousands of people gathered under the watchful eye of police. 

KTVU reporter Leigh Martinez contributed to this report.